Today’s rate the dress is brought to you courtesy of the unprecedented heatwave that is hitting New Zealand. It’s so bright and sunny that I picked an equally bright and sunny dress to go with it – though I wouldn’t want to be wearing the heavy silk of this weeks Rate the Dress in the heat!
Last week: a shot purple dress and matching cape
A couple of you loved last weeks dress, but most people thought it was nice but not fantastic. Noted let-downs were the ‘seaweed-y’ trim, and that pesky centre front seam. Still, all the ratings were in the top half of the range, so I guess my comparisons to horrible purple rooms didn’t put you off too much – or you were feeling contrary so had to rate it well, simply because I made the comparison 😉
The Total: 8.3 out of 10
I’m rather famous/notorious for being a fan of yellow, and I try not to lean into that too much with Rate the Dress. I wouldn’t be providing an accurate view of 18th century fashion if I didn’t show you the occasional bright yellow dress though, because there are so many of them!
This Anglaise is notable for its extremely vivid yellow hue: bright even for a century where saturated yellow dresses were a major fashion feature.
The yellow silk features brocaded patterning of lush flowers in shades of pink and green.
The patterning is placed symmetrically across the back of the dress, drawing the eye to the precise stitched-down pleats that flow down the back of the bodice, into the skirt, with no waist seam: the defining feature of an Anglaise or English Gown.
The same symmetrical placement is repeated in the front of the bodice, but the stomacher, skirt, and petticoat abandon attempts to mirror the fabric patterning.
Though the fabric is no longer symmetrical, the trim of both stomacher and petticoat is. The stomacher uses a trim placement very similar to the one that inspired my frou-frou stomacher, though the end result is quite different.
The overall trimming of the dress is quite subdued, allowing the exuberance of the florals and the colour to speak for the dress.
What is it saying to you?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
A reminder about rating – feel free to be critical if you don’t like a thing, but make sure that your comments aren’t actually insulting to those who do like a garment. Our different tastes are what make Rate the Dress so interesting. It’s no fun when a comment implies that anyone who doesn’t agree with it, or who would wear a garment, is totally lacking in taste.
(as usual, nothing more complicated than a .5. I also hugely appreciate it if you only do one rating, and set it on a line at the very end of your comment, so I can find it! And 0 is not on a scale of 1 to 10. Thanks in advance!)